An All-Star in 2013, acquired in the John Lackey deal, expectations were high for former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Allen Craig. So far, his tenure with Boston has been less than impressive to put it simply. Going 2-for-32 in his last 10 games and 1-for-17 in the month of September, while already spending time on the DL, his time in Boston has been far from impressive.
The Red Sox outfield is crowded as it is, and will only get more crowded as time goes on. Based off of his performance lately, the chances of Boston holding onto Allen Craig for 2015 are bleak. Sure he slashed .315/.373/.457 last year with an .830 OPS, but he has done nothing so far to warrant a spot with the Boston Red Sox in the future.
Of course, trading Allen Craig sounds like an appealing option — mainly because it is. Craig is an appealing option for many teams given his versatility and past success. Next year, the outfield looks crowded with Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts all in line for starting jobs. As Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley Jr. may be out of luck, there is no reason to keep Craig when a former All-Star, on-base machine, and the best defensive center fielder in the league cannot even get a starting job themselves.
The return on Craig may not be as high as it has ever been, but Boston would open a spot on the 40-man roster, save millions of dollars in cap room, and potentially receive some talented prospects in return. If Boston can get Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar for Jake Peavy, it seems certain they can make out like bandits in an Allen Craig deal as well.
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At this point it does not really matter though because even without Craig, they have a number of outfielders who can play the game.